Skip to main content

Joe Mandur is inviting experienced and amateur artists to join him and 2,998 others in carving a pole he'll dedicate to teacher and artist Freda Diesing. Photographer John Lehmann paid him a visit recently to check in on his progress.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

The work of 3,000 carvers?

Artist Joe Mandur is hoping to recruit 3,000 people to help him carve a totem pole he says will allow his teacher to continue her work, despite her death 12 years ago.
John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

Take a notch out for Freda

Mr. Mandur says he’s got 500 people so far signed up to take a notch or more out of the back side of the enormous pole that will be dedicated to Freda Diesing.
John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

Adding to a legacy

A Haida artist, Freda Diesing was born in Prince Rupert and died in 2002. One of her poles stands in a park in Prince Rupert.
John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

No experience necessary

Mr. Mandur says no experience is necessary for would-be carvers, who are invited to spend as much or as little time with the pole as they wish. He’s hoping Premier Christy Clark will participate and he’s already welcomed former lieutenant-governor Steven Point and MLA Robin Austin.
John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

Soaring 12 metres high

The pole is to stretch 12 metres into the air. The back side must be completed before carving on the front design can start.
John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

Carving out a tribute

The wood was donated by Tsimshian Coast Logging.
Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Discussion loading ...